We are proud to lock arms with WELCOA to propel change and breakthrough solutions.

Wellness Coaches is thrilled to be a premier sponsor of the WELCOA Summit, taking place Tuesday, August 30 -Thursday, September 1 in Chicago.

As one of the nation’s most respected resources for building high-performing, healthy workplaces, WELCOA has set the standard as an industry leader for the past three decades. We at Wellness Coaches share their mission. It is our privilege to support WELCOA’s Summit, and its theme Onward, which is focusing on breakthrough solutions to address the disruptions and challenges we have all faced through the pandemic and beyond.

We have known for years that health in the US is on the decline; the statistics are shocking:

  • 73.6% of American adults are overweight, and 42.4% are obese.
  • 61% of Americans reported undesired weight gain during the pandemic.
  • In 2020, 20% of adults in the US experienced a mental illness.
  • In the US in 2020, there were 4 million workplace injuries that required medical attention and 4113 preventable workplace fatalities.
  • 60.2% of Americans aged 12 and older reported abusing alcohol, tobacco, and/or illegal substances.

Here’s the good news, organizations like WELCOA, and the hundreds of compassionate, energetic, motivated professionals joining the WELCOA Summit are poised to propel change and support people in achieving better health.

Like all organizations, we’ve had to adapt to the new normal. We have changed the way we do business, support our employees and clients, and deliver services. What has remained constant, however, is our unwavering commitment to best practices, top-of-scope services, and a relentless dedication to our clients. One of our key takeaways from the pandemic has been the need to meet people where they are, whether that means providing services digitally, in-person, virtually, in groups, or one-on-one. To that end, we have developed a whole new digital platform customizable for every organization and every participant according to their needs, health profiles, risks, and interests. It also means that we accommodate clients’ comfort levels and provide services that they are ready to accept; some are prepared to launch a full-scale nutrition program under the direction of one of our Registered Dietitians; others may simply wish to work with a Wellness Coach to help employees stop smoking. No matter where peope fall on the healthcare continuum, we are prepared to help, engage, and support. Again, we meet them where they are.

We have also recognized the profound need for mental health services and have instituted Mental Health First Aid certification for all our Wellness Coaches, Registered Dietitians, and Clinical Services team members. This gives our providers the tools to recognize mental health and substance use risks and impending crises and help connect individuals who may be facing a mental health or substance use crisis with appropriate resources and support.

Like our partners at WELCOA, we are firmly entrenched in the latest research and evidence-based methodology to drive our programs and services. Current studies show that Whole Person Health is the new gold standard. This model takes a holistic approach and addresses all aspects of health and safety, not just one ailment. Whole Health considers the sum of physical, mental, emotional, and social health with positive, affirming action. It empowers individuals, families, organizations, and communities with a novel mindset and delivers a fresh take on health and wellness driven by an interdisciplinary team of qualified professionals. When deployed effectively, these services, underpinned by robust data and technological capabilities, enable individuals, families, organizations, and communities to achieve Whole Health. We embrace this proactive, integrated method that supports physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness.

Be sure to look for members of the Wellness Coaches team at the WELCOA Summit! Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RD, PMP, PBA, FAND will be speaking and you can meet our representatives in the exhibition hall and the VIP Green Room.

See you there!